Balcom, Robert, DCC

Damage Controlman
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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary NEC
DC-4811-Senior Enlisted Damage Control Prog. Management & Training Spec.
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Damage Controlman
Primary Unit
1999-2002, DC-4811, Naval Base San Diego (NAVBASE San Diego)
Previously Held NEC
HT-0000-Hull Maintenance Technician
HT-4954-General Maintenance Welder
DC-0000-Damage Controlman
Service Years
1980 - 2002
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Panama Canal
Persian Excursion
Plank Owner
DC-Damage Controlman
Five Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 20

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback

  1983-1984, HT-0000, USS Shenandoah (AD-44)

HT-Hull Maintenance Technician

From Month/Year
- / 1983

To Month/Year
- / 1984

USS Shenandoah (AD-44) Unit Page

Petty Officer Second Class

HT-0000-Hull Maintenance Technician


 USS Shenandoah (AD-44) Details

USS Shenandoah (AD-44)
Hull number AD-44


USS Shenandoah (AD-44) was the fourth and final ship of theYellowstone-class destroyer tenders. AD-44 was the fifth ship to bear the name, USS Shenandoah as named for the Shenandoah Valley. She was commissioned in 1983 only three years after the decommissioning of the previous USS Shenandoah (AD-26), also a destroyer tender.

In 1991[1], USS Shenandoah was diverted to the Persian Gulf to tend ships of the U.S. Seventh Fleet's USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)Battle Group. The Shenandoah and her crew members were awarded the Southwest Asia Service Medal with one campaign star and theKuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait).

Following her decommissioning in 1996, at only 13 years old, the USS Shenandoah was re-located at the James River Reserve Fleet in Fort Eustis, Va., awaiting final disposal.

Surface Vessels


Parent Unit

Tender/ Repair Ship

Created/Owned By
Not Specified

Last Updated: Dec 5, 2009
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
My co-workers in the sheetmetal shop were cool, and I also hung with a couple of guys from R3 division. I was only assigned there for nine months, not enough time to make any deep connections.

Best Moment
Traveling to Acapulco, Panama canal, Curacao, The Bahamas, Jamaica, GITMO, St. Thomas Virgin Islands, and Fort Lauderdale, FL. I also enjoyed commissioning the ship, although I got there very late in the process.


Worst Moment
Those open bay barracks in Norfolk during precom sucked. It felt like I was back in boot camp.

I didn't care much for Norfolk- too cold and too Navy. There wasn't much for me to do there except drinking way too much. I had to get out of there!

Chain of Command
I was there for such a short time I don't remember much about them except for one guy HTC Moon from the pipe shop. I never even worked for him, but he did not like me for some reason. He did his best to make me miserable. In my opinion he was an a-hole!


Other Memories
I remember when we in GITMO the entire ship's company lined up and marched to the gas chamber. We had division flags and everything. It was a nice touch.

My Photos For This Duty Station
USS Shenandoah (AD-44) patches
Order of the Ditch
USS Shenandoah (AD-44) commissioning day napkin
USS Shenandoah (AD-44)
143 Members Also There at Same Time
USS Shenandoah (AD-44)

Biden, Timothy, CPO, (1984-2005) HT HT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Cook, Ian, SCPO, (1983-2008) HT HT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Gambrill, Fred, PO2, (1982-1988) HT HT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Mesa, Alfonso, PO2, (1983-1987) HT HT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Cohen, Bruce, PO1, (1982-1992) HT HT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
McLaughlin, John, PO3, (1983-1987) HT HT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Brockmann, Lewis, FN, (1983-1985) HT HT-0000 Fireman
Colby, Ronald, SCPO, (1962-1987) HT HT-4956 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Vinson, Tom, CMC, (1974-2004) HT HT-5342 Chief Petty Officer
Clausen, Al, PO1, (1966-1989) HT HT-4952 Petty Officer First Class
Hanenkrat, Mark, CPO, (1979-2002) HT HT-4954 Petty Officer Second Class
Hardy, G. Mark, CAPT, (1980-2010) OFF 111X Lieutenant
Mejia, Eduardo, CWO4, (1965-1995) OFF 751X Chief Warrant Officer 2
Partridge, Al, MCPO, (1968-1988) SH SH-3131 Master Chief Petty Officer
Sturdevant, James, MCPO, (1963-1990) MA MA-2008 Master Chief Petty Officer
Blaylock, Robert, SCPO, (1966-1992) PH PH-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Bouchonville, Matthew, MCPO, (1975-2000) MM MM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Callahan, David, SCPO, (1976-1998) MM MM-9517 Chief Petty Officer
Clark, Art, CPO, (1975-1995) IC IC-4721 Chief Petty Officer
Dyckman, John, CPO, (1967-1989) OM OM-1918 Chief Petty Officer
Harbinson, Dan, CPO, (1973-1994) DP DP-0000 Chief Petty Officer
LeBeau, Darrell, SCPO, (1970-1990) IM IM-1820 Chief Petty Officer
Miller, Clyde, CPO, (1976-1995) BT BT-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Nelson, Linda, CPO, (1973-1995) LN LN-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Smith, Eva, CPO, (1976-1996) EN EN-4398 Chief Petty Officer
Baker, Tony, PO1, (1975-1992) MR MR-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Brown, Richard, MCPO, (1981-2007) IM IM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Cox, Layne, CPO, (1974-1996) MR MR-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Dewalt, James, PO1, (1982-2003) DC DC-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Hutchinson, Daniel, PO1, (1979-1995) SH SH-3115 Petty Officer First Class
Izard, Lynn, PO1, (1975-1989) BM BM-0120 Petty Officer First Class
Johnson, Philip, PO1, (1974-1984) DP DP-2741 Petty Officer First Class
Lewis, Pamela, PO1, (1980-2000) PN PN-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Marinelli, Virgilio, PO1, (1967-1989) ET ET-1588 Petty Officer First Class
Martin, Jimmy, SCPO, (1977-1997) GSE GSE-4123 Petty Officer First Class
MEYERS, EDWARD, PO1, (1970-1990) MM MM-4505 Petty Officer First Class
Moore, James, CPO, (1979-2000) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Mundy, Gregg, PO1, (1976-1992) BT BT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Orwig, David, PO1, (1978-1999) ST ST-0454 Petty Officer First Class
Rhim, Henry, PO1, (1974-1994) LI LI-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Richmond, Doug, PO1, (1982-1988) FC FC-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Siebers, Dale, CPO, (1971-2011) FC FC-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Smith, Vernon, PO1, (1977-1995) BT BT-4502 Petty Officer First Class
Thomson, William, PO1, (1975-1995) 00 ZZ-9999 Petty Officer First Class
Anderson, Tim, PO1, (1977-1997) DT DT-8752 Petty Officer Second Class
Banks, Mark, LT, (2006-2008) HM HM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Bergeson, Vern, SCPO, (1978-2001) BM BM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Bodin, Stephen, PO2, (1984-1988) EN EN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Byrnes, Ann Marie, PO2, (1974-1995) DM DM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
CHAVEZ, EDWARD, PO2, (1983-1992) BT BT-4502 Petty Officer Second Class
Fryman, Calvin, MCPO, (1983-2007) ML ML-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Hall, David, PO2, (1982-1987) MM MM-4294 Petty Officer Second Class
Harney, David, PO2, (1981-1988) OM OM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Hill, James, PO2, (1983-1987) IM IM-1809 Petty Officer Second Class
Lau, David, PO1, (1976-1992) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Lyvers, Todd, CPO, (1980-2001) ET ET-1588 Petty Officer Second Class
Morgan, Terry, PO2, (1976-1986) LI LI-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
O'Hara, Debra, PO2, (1981-2002) GMG GMG-0872 Petty Officer Second Class
Paswater, Doug, PO1, (1982-2009) MR MR-0000 Petty Officer Second Class

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